Ten short stories with no recurring characters, whose settings include Noah’s Ark, an archeological expedition, and Heaven; a little essay; and a reproduction of a painting. It doesn’t sound like a novel, much less a history of the world, but it really is both.
This is, in short, a complete, unsettling, and frequently exhilarating vision of the world, starting with the voyage of Noah's ark and ending with a sneak preview of heaven!
About the Author
Born in Leicester in 1946, Julian Barnes is the author of nine novels, a book of stories, and a collection of essays. He has won both the Prix Médicis and the Prix Fémina, and in 1988 was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He lives in London.